Crafty Dining: Collezione Santina x Bistro St Jacques

Crafty Dining: Collezione Santina x Bistro St Jacques

Santina  is a Rag Trade baby, having grown up amongst Australia's iconic designers in the once bustling fashion industry hub of Surry Hills in the 1970’s, 80’s and early 90’s. This year she is proudly celebrating 30 years in the fashion business.

Santina comes from a long line of textile makers and dressmakers, including her mother who is still an integral part of the creative process. Creating and working with beautiful fabrics is a natural occurrence for Santina. Having had the opportunity to dress women for all occasions since 1987, Santina is passionate about the use of quality fabrics and textiles, allowing the fabric to dictate the design of the final creation.

Surry Hills Spring Tasting Trail: Mama's Buoi

Surry Hills Spring Tasting Trail: Mama's Buoi

Mama’s Buoi is a homage to the mother of the restaurant owner Bau Hoang, whose parents began working in the rag trade to feed their family. The Mama’s Buoi menu is inspired by both his Mum and Aunt’s home-cooked goodness. Their best childhood memories are of family meals and the banter that echoed around the dining room. Everyone was happiest when enjoying great food in good company.

Crafty Dining: Seasonal Concepts x Isaac x Moya's Juniper Lounge

Crafty Dining: Seasonal Concepts x Isaac x Moya's Juniper Lounge

Seasonal Concepts opened its doors in 2009 and is the collaboration of Ken Wallis and his partner TR Keller. Wallis and Keller initially wanted to create a florist unlike any other in Sydney. “We wanted to marry fresh in-season flowers with the contents of Grandma’s kitchen and Grandpa’s shed and present it with all the wonder that I experienced as a kid in the country,” says Ken.

Surry Hills Spring Tasting Trail: Muum Maam

Surry Hills Spring Tasting Trail: Muum Maam

Muum Maam (moom mum) named after the Thai slang for ‘little glutton’.
Muum Maam Surry Hills was established in 2010 as one of Holt Street’s most vibrant eating destinations.

By day, the street style Tuk Shop serves quick and delicious meals from the cart. A casual eatery some may say, absolutely full to the brim every lunch time. By night, Muum Maam serves classic Thai cuisine in a relaxed, cool environment.

Surry Hills Spring Tasting Trail: Alchemy

Surry Hills Spring Tasting Trail: Alchemy

Alchemy located on the corner of Crown and Devonshire Streets,  is set in a cosy and elegant yet unpretentious dining room known for its menu of delicate meals made in the traditional Polish way. The restaurant is famous for its freshly-made traditional Polish dumplings (pierogi), goose, duck, polish borsch (barszcz czerwony) and stuffed meat.

Surry Hills Spring Tasting Trail: Essenza Italian

Surry Hills Spring Tasting Trail: Essenza Italian

We kick off our Euro themed dining walk at the newly renovated Essenza Italian, which is located on the corner of Crown & Devonshire streets in the J Grocer building built in 1912, offers a contemporary Italian dinner menu that is constantly evolving, showcasing local produce with a twist. The wine list is predominately Italian varietal grapes, transporting you to Tuscany with every sip.